JDSU Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
175 Reviews
2.9
175 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Shortly after acquiring our company, JDSU was quite diligent in making sure that we had sufficient training to use their tools and software.

    Cons

    Our local site management was good. Unfortunately, the direction and leadership that we received from the corporate office were very bad. I had the impression that the corporate office didn't see us as anything other than a cost center and they handled us poorly at that. Costly decisions were mandated from corporate that were extremely wasteful and seemed to be doomed to failure. Inputs from our local leaders to improve a process or minimize risk seemed to just bounce off corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time visiting the remote sites and have a real clear idea of what is happening there prior to making decisions that will implact or require the buy-in from these sites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    getting tough

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun people that work hard

    Cons

    Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening. Managers are just following orders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is getting tough to keep everyone happy with less help, there is some fear with layoffs. seems that managers are working to keep bosses happy but cant help employees due to lack of time and availability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn from experts in many technical fields

    Cons

    responsibilities beyond job description. Management Style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overwork your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Transition and direction is not clear

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Basic benefits are competitive. Salaries are lower with respect to expectations.

    Cons

    There is a communication gap between the executives and director levels and it is highly political. Company is getting stuck in process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check with the guys doing the actual work to see what they need. Work with those closest to the problem versus ladder climbing individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beware!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO with great vision and approach. Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Division leaders are not in the same class as the CEO. Micro manage but talk about delegation and accountability but there is a serious lack of both. No home life balance and there's a lot of talk but the division leader behavior contradicts it. Leaders are indecisive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits and lots of friends. There are training opportunities but you've got to ask for it.
    My position involves lots of traveling for business so I have the opportunity to travel round the country.

    Cons

    JDSU is involved in a lots of outsourcing, acquisition and mergers resulting in department and employee lay offs. Also not enough raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU as an intern

    Pros

    Managers are helpful, Internship program was organized

    Cons

    Interns do expect some gifts while leaving:)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internship program should be 12week program. Interns should get some gifts !!

    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I have ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only good thing I experienced at this company was that I was paid very well compared to previous jobs. But now that I am on my own I am getting more.

    Cons

    Where do I start? There's no celebration of success internally. In most instances, when someone got promoted in my department, there was no announcement. We all found out months later, as if the company were trying to hide it. What I came to see is that most of those promotions were politically motivated and not deserved, so maybe hiding it was a good idea on management's part. There is no career development, no matter what HR tries to tell you. They put together some sad little program where they have speakers come in every month and talk to us, and they call that career development. Really? It's not career development, and in the last couple of months, it's not even well-executed. Lastly, JDSU is a company that manages its workforce using continuous layoffs because management is so bad that they can't find a way to make layoffs unnecessary. That would be called "good management". We all understand that even in the best companies, layoffs are sometimes necessary. But layoffs should be a last resort, not a workforce management tool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you use layoffs as a workforce management tool, all you're doing is creating a culture of fear. If you really care about the culture and morale of your company, manage your company well from the executive level down so that layoffs are no longer part of regular life, but only happen when there's no other option. There's no better way to create trust. If layoffs are happening continuously because there really is no other option, then you are creating a destructive cycle and maybe it's time to shut the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started great, steady and constant decline ever since

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the greatest people, lots of personal freedom, great products. Culture at the worker level is top-notch. Vacation policy is discretionary which allows for tons of free time so long as your manager approves it (the low level managers are great).

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, penny-pinching, un-trusting mid and senior level management, very little growth or lateral move opportunity, no training, low salary increases, low bonuses. Careers often feel stagnated or stalled after a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove layers of management, concentrate on employees and their training/growth, work towards long-term and not just near-term "lean" savings, invest in proven technology areas versus stripping them down to invest in "potential" markets for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    JDSU

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    JDSU maintains a diverse workforce.

    Cons

    JDSU treats all employees like chattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what your employees actually do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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